There are a lot of good resources for reading, researching
and writing about Shakespeare on the World Wide Web. Some of
these have been listed elsewhere on this site, but I thought
it would be convenient to group them all together on one page.
The MIT server hosting The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare. Comprehensive and fast (at least
on my computer).
A little slower than the MIT
server, probably because it's hosted in Australia. But the powerful,
efficient search engine makes it worth the wait.
A great site with a lot of valuable
resources for both students and teachers. Plus it looks a lot
better than my plain ol' vanilla black-and-white text.
Another great site offering a
lot of original content for research, and a ton of links!
If you're doing research into the life and times of Shakespeare,
this should probably be your first stop.
Put together by Dr. J.M. Massi,
an English professor at Washington State University, this is
a great site with a lot of resources, including study questions
for twenty-five of the thirty-seven plays.
This is a really good site if
you're interested in learning some of the history of Shakespeare's
life & times. Plus, it's got a really easy-to-remember URL,
These sites are usually put up
by instructors for their Shakespare classes. Most of them contain
many useful resources, from syllabuses (syllabi?) to class notes
to study guides.
- Shakespeare by Individual Studies is at the University of Victoria in
Canada. Many, many, many great resources.
- Catherine Eskin's Shakespeare Course (no longer offered) is another great
site, with a lot of great links. You think studying Shakespeare
is tough? Try reading it if your first language is Norwegian;
the course was offered at the University of Trondheim.
- Shakespeare on Line
is at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and is run
by Professor Russ Meyer. (I'm going to leap to a conclusion here,
and guess that this is not the same Russ Meyer
responsible for such camp classics as "Faster Pussycatt!
Kill! Kill!" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.")
Offers the Text, an Outline, Study Questions and a Lecture for
eight of Shakespeare's plays.
Notes. Doesn't really
fall into the "online course" category, but it's complete
enough that it could. Contains summaries of all the plays, plus
character analyses, essay questions (and answers), and bibliographies
allowing for further reading.
Generic Search Engines
These are the best search engines
I've found, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Alta
Vista is probably the most comprehensive, while FAST Search claims
to be the biggest, and is definitely the fastest.
When in doubt, ask someone else
who's struggled with the same material. Although usually, that's
not the case. Most of these students actually liked Shakespeare;
why else would they go to all the trouble of creating a website?
- Shakespeare is a God by ShakespeareGirl. Nice-looking site
with plenty of neat graphics ... just get rid of that Tripod
pop-up when you first get there. Includes a lot of links, and
some of her lecture notes from class.
- Chill with Will.
A Thinkquest '98 contest entrant. This site is truly an international
effort, created and maintained by students from the U.S., the
Netherlands, and Mexico. It looks really nice, and has RealAudio
files (in both English and Spanish) of quotations from the plays.
Really an excellent site.
- Shakespeare Play Summaries/Synopses. Matthew Monroe, a student at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has summarized all of the plays.
Some of the summaries are just a paragraph, others take up an